5 Necessary Tools and Materials for DIY Tile Installation

Posted on April 29th, 2016 by

Tile is a popular flooring choice for homeowners looking to renovate, and with good reason. It’s durable, attractive, easy to care for, and there are many different styles to choose from. With the right tools and know-how, you can even install tile flooring yourself. The staff at CMA Flooring, a leading provider of flooring in Carrollton, has put together a list of 5 important tools and materials you’ll need to take on this type of project.

1. Tile Spacers

If you want to have a professional looking, evenly laid tile floor, tile spacers are essential. Spacers are little plastic parts in the shape of an X, and they come in different sizes depending on how wide you want your grout lines to be. You place them in between the corners of each tile after you lay the tile on top of the mortar. This ensures the grout lines between tiles are the same width for the entire floor.

2. Tile Cutter or Wet Saw

As you approach walls, doors, and other obstructions, you will need to cut tile to fit uneven spaces. For thin tile or small tiling jobs, a manual cutter may be adequate. However, if you need to cut a large amount of tile or want your cuts to be more precise, you will want a wet saw to make the job easier. If you need to make curved cuts, get a pair of tile nippers.

3. Mortar

Although grout seals the joints between tiles, the tiles are actually held onto the floor with a different kind of adhesive, often polymer-modified thin-set mortar. You mix the mortar with water and apply it to the subfloor with a grooved trowel before laying the tiles down.

4. Rubber Grout Float

This tool is necessary for getting the grout into the spaces between tiles. To apply grout, push it into the joints with the float, first in the direction of the joints and then diagonally across them to make sure they are full. You will also need a wet sponge to scrub excess grout off the tiles after application.

5. Silicone Grout Sealer

After the grout has cured, you will need to seal the joints between the tile and the wall. For a high-quality seal, use silicone grout sealer. This will fill up any gaps at the edges of your tile job and ensure your new floor is completely watertight.

To learn more about DIY tile installation, get in touch with the flooring and design experts at CMA Flooring in Carrollton. We offer many different styles of tile, including ceramic, porcelain, slate, stone, and custom limestone floor. Stop by our showroom or give us a call today at 972-418-6606.